This model consortium agreement is compatible with Horizon 2020`s framework programme for research and innovation and was developed by the legal group euCAR. The consortium agreement complements the Horizon 2020 award agreement. While the grant agreement defines the binding legal relationship between the European Commission and the project partners, the consortium agreement defines and regulates the relationships between the partners themselves. Unlike the subsidy agreement (which is defined and cannot be amended), the Horizon 2020 consortium agreement is essentially a trade agreement between the partners. As such, it is flexible and can be adapted to the specific needs of the project and its partners. Remember — once the Horizon 2020 project is funded, a consortium partner will work together for a long time. That is why it is very important to have a binding agreement that takes into account the different expectations, requirements and circumstances that may arise. You were able to evaluate your project proposal for Horizon 2020 and finally sign the grant agreement and the consortium agreement. It is time to start implementing the project for which you are funded by the EU. However, one of the SMEs involved in these negotiations expressed concern about the disclosure of information to cloud partners without prior agreement between the partners. At the same time, the deadline for developing the proposal lasted six months and the SME therefore tried to find a quick and simple solution to avoid wasting time in the development of the proposal.
Desca (Development of a Simplified Consortium Agreement) is the most popular of several Horizon 2020 consortium agreements. This is the result of a cooperation project supported by the EC. Its production is a consortium agreement of models that everyone can use as the basis of a specific consortium agreement for a given project. The DesCA model consortium agreement is available for free download. A Memorandum of Understanding is a contract between two or more parties who wish to establish a research or education partnership. The agreement describes the nature of the relationships that are created, the purpose of the relationship and the responsibilities of each party. The agreement is not a legally binding agreement and should therefore not deal with formal compensation, confidentiality or intellectual property and licensing plans. These types of agreements are sometimes referred to as “gentlemen`s agreements” and are generally concluded between universities, individuals or local school districts and may sometimes be a precondition for the introduction or grant application. The planned activity may or may not be used, as described in the agreement, but there is no penalty for failure.
The European Automotive Research and Development Council (EUCAR), as the European research and development body in the automotive and road transport sector, has just published a new agreement on a consortium of models. Collaborative Research Agreements (CRAs) are contracts between UTD and one or more organizations that collaborate in the implementation of a research program. The agreement outlines the measures each organization has expressed willingness to implement and defines the obligations each party has to the other parties involved in the joint research effort.